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Cardigan, with a twist!

I finished my green cardigan last weekend and it has been attached to me ever since. It is so light and comfortable, yet warm enough for these cool spring days. I found the pattern (free in one size) on the Pickles site, it has a great range of patterns and most of them are offered free in one size and then you can buy the other sizes. The patterns are simple and easy to follow. I have done a couple of projects from them, and they are always great so I can recommend them.

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Pattern: Jakke med tvist by Pickles
Yarn: One thread of Plötulopi (un-spun Icelandic wool) and one thread of Isager Strik Spinni Tweed (Wool 1)
Needles: 7.0 mm

The pattern says that you are supposed to knit it back and forth. I started out like that, but I really, REALLY do not like knitting sweaters like that since it is so easy to knit them in the round and then just steek them in the sewing machine. So I quickly changed to knitting in the round and it just flew of the needles. I then steeked it and crocheted one row of single crochet around the bottom, up the front and around the neckline and to the front of the sleeves.
When I first saw the project on the Pickles website, I got the image in my head what color combination I wanted to use. At first I thought I would use plötulopi and einband, but the einband (Icelandic lace weight wool) was not available in the color I wanted. I thought about just dyeing the right color, but then I found the Spinni in the exact color I wanted. Even though it is a bit over priced in my opinion, I got it anyway. I do not regret it one bit, it is just perfect with the other yarn and I love the outcome. And how rare is it to get a vision of what you want in your head and then get the exact outcome when you are finished? So I am one happy knitter!

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Pattern: Súld by Rósa Tom
Yarn: Araucania Aysen
Hook: 4mm

A very fast project, only took me about 3 hours from start to finish. It was a birthday present for our little friend, Þórkatla. This is my third time doing this hat, I just love it.

Happy Mothers Day to me! Thanks to these two for making me a mom and wearing that title with pride.

Mom and me ❤️

Happy Mothers Day yesterday! These two daughters of mine are the best! And then there is my own mother, who has always been my safe spot to fall when I tumble, my strength when I am drained and the push I need when I am unsure of myself and my own strengths. I love you, mom!

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Bits & Pieces – March 23rd, 2014

Another Sunday, another update.

Trying to pick two colors for the next #MKAL #romi #spinni #duo

My little helper

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I started another Mystery KAL! This one is by Rosemary (Romi) Hill and is also a shawl. If you want to join, you can find the info here on Ravelry.
I am using the grey (Uno) and orange (Spinni) yarn for my shawl and Karítas helped me wind them up with a huge smile on her face.

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Sumarrós went to the yearly school dance in a dress that she designed and my mother sewed for her. She looked so beautiful!

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Karítas got new knitted socks.

I have spent most of the weekend relaxing, knitting and today I baked a french chocolate cake and my mom came over for cake and coffee. I am knitting a lopapeysa for Karítas and decided to knit it top down this time and love it. The yoke is done and I am about to set aside the sleeve stitches.

Lopapeysa, the wrong side.
Lopapeysa in the making, the wrong side.

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Bits & Pieces – Sunday March 16th

I was sick this week with a stomach flu on Wednesday and Thursday. I am all better now and have spent the weekend relaxing and meeting good friends, a bit of cleaning and finishing up some projects.

Perfect Saturday with amazingly talented knitters
A very talented group of knitters met at Litla Prjónabúðin yesterday. It was a wonderful day and I look forward to doing it again as soon as possible. Kristín Hrund, Rodrigo Urðar & Gummi, Hildur Ýr and Sigurlaug. Dagga, the owner of the store is sitting next to Sigurlaug, but unfortunately got cropped out of the photo by mistake. I will get a better group photo next time.

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Going home on the bus after the knitting meeting.

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Some crochet jars that have found their home in my daughters bedrooms as pen and pencil holders. Just plain jars were not an option since they are well aware that their mom can make them prettier by crocheting over them.

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Socks for my nephew Adrían
Pattern: Rye by tincanknits
Yarn: Novita 7 Veljestä
Needles: US 4 – 3.5 mm

I also finished a wool sweater (lopapeysa) for my older daughter, Sumarrós. I still have to put the zipper in it so I will post photos of it when it is all finished and I get my daughter to pose for a photo shoot.

I am now working on finishing the same socks as I did for Adrían for my younger daughter Karítas and Sumarrós wants a pair also. I also have wool ready for a lopapeysa for Karítas but we need to decide on a pattern.

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2013 – Finishes

It’s been a wonderful year.
Like the years before, I am doing a list of my finished projects.

Autumn

Stitching
Freebie from TraLaLa – finished as a pin cushion
Total: 1 finished project

Knitting
Cardigan for Pálmi
Curry cardigan for myself
Camomille shawl for myself
Turn a square hat for the man
Grettir for Óli Sindri
Total: 5 finished projects

Crochet
Wave blanket for Karítas
Bugða blanket for Sumarrós
Vintage blanket for my sister, Gyða
Electric Ripple blanket for a friends baby
Granny Stripe blanket for my nephew, Adrían
Viktoría collar for me
Viktoría necklace for Aimee
Viktoría necklace for Karítas
Viktoría necklaces for Þóra and Freyja
Viktoría necklace for Erla, Sumarrós’s sister
Viktoría necklace for Helga Soffía
Viktoría necklace for Steinunn Lóa
Bow Tie for my nephew, Adrían
Bow Tie for Starri, Sumarrós’s brother
Slaufa, for a friends baby
Slaufa, for Karítas’s baby sister
Cardigan for Karítas’s baby sister
Washcloths for me and the man
Washcloth for Karítas
Washcloth for Sumarrós
Mittens for Sumarrós
Mittens for Karítas
Hat for Karítas
Light green jar cover
White jar cover
Purple jar cover
Orange jar cover #1
Orange jar cover #2
Dark green jar cover
Red jar cover
Gray jar cover
White and black jar covers
Crochet stone #1
Crochet stone #2
Lægð, cowl
6 hair elastics for Sóley
Wash cloth
Súld, hat for my cousin Bjarki (here modeled by Karítas)
Lægð, wrapped scarf for Karítas
Bow Tie for my friend Einar. No photo, but one is hopefully coming soon.
Total: 40 finished projects

Yarnstorming
Hlemmur – bus stop in Reykjavík
The sign that marks my grandfathers summer house
Laxá í Kjós
By Hespuhúsið
In a car
Womens Rights
Gay Pride
Total: 7 finished projects

Me and my girls.

We wish you a very happy 2014 and I hope that you continue to drop by to my little blog.

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Bits & Pieces, November 10th

Another week has flown by. I was busy both at work and at home, did a good deal of knitting and some crochet, along with everything else one has to do on a day to day basis.

Turn a Square

Turn a Square
The man got a new hat for winter.
Pattern: Turn a Square by Jared Flood
Yarn: Cascade 220 and 7 Veljestä Raita for the stripes
Needle: 4mm

New knitting book that I won, woohoo!
I got a new knitting book that I surprisingly won in a game on Facebook I did not even enter myself, but was nominated by a friend.

Japanese knitting magazine, all about Icelandic lopi! Thanks, Yuka!
My friend Yuka from Japan gave me this really cool Japanese knitting magazine that is all about Icelandic Wool.

The best Joe I've ever known
My favorite Joe in the world was visiting Iceland.

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I started a new cardigan for myself. I am using one ply of Plötulopi (un-spun Icelandic Wool) and one ply of Isager Spinni Tweed. I love how those two very different types of wool come together and can’t wait to see the outcome once I have finished the cardigan.

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Bits & Pieces

Hello! The weekend completely flew by me, so I did not update on Sunday like I try to do. My little sister turned 26 on Sunday so we had brunch at my parents house that was absolutely amazing.

Here are some photos for ya!

It's late, but #winter finally arrived to #reykjavik #iceland

Office view. Or no view.
Winter decided to visit us here in Reykjavík for 2 days last week. It left as soon as it came. This has been the strangest winter I have ever experienced.

Friday = pizza!
Every other Friday night, when the girls are home, we make pizza. Karítas loves to help out and puts the toppings on the pizza for her and her sister.

#crochet #blanket #afghan i love how it looks on her bed. And the fact that it is big enough for her to enjoy for a very long time
Karítas’s bed made with her wave blanket. I love it.

#rainbow #crochet #socks
I started a crocheted sock! One down, one to go. Pictures to follow when I finish the second one.

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My confirmation photo. This was 20 years ago, thank you very much!

January 2011 SAL
And surprise! I have a stitching finish. I decided to start UFO Tuesdays back again at my Icelandic stitching group since most of us are doing much more knitting and/or crochet these days than stitching. So some of us are dedicating Tuesdays to working on our very neglected UFO’s. I finished this cute freebie from TraLaLa into a pincushion last night. Cute, isn’t it?

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2012 – Finishes

Another year has ended. So weird how time speeds up year after year. Will a year feel like a week when I am 80?
It was over all a very good, but very busy year for me. New job, new challenges, new friends, new appreciations, new food, new goals. And off course, new knitting/crochet finishes. I do not have a single stitching finish though. Oh how the time change.

Knitting finishes:
Olearia by Georgie Hallam
Kalajoki by Tiina Seppälä
Cardigan for Valdi
Órói by Védís Jónsdóttir from Lopi #27
June Bunnies by Inese Andzane

Crochet finishes:
Various pieces for the Statue Yarnstorming
My Gay Pride piece.
Various pieces for the Yarn Bus.
A boob for Breast Cancer Awareness.

And a whoooooooole lot of organizing and brainstorming and other much smaller knitting or crochet projects that have not yet been published in their future form. I have some big ideas for this year, so stay tuned 🙂

Happy Holidays everyone! ⛄❄

Happy new year to you and yours. Thanks for reading in 2012 and I hope you will continue to visit in 2013.

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Bits & Pieces

Sunday is here again. This week has been super busy and has flown by. Work has been busy, lots of things to plan and do around the house, knitting, crochet, brainstorming, meetings etc.
I posted yesterday about my two latest knitting finishes and the amazing human that my grandfather is. So here is a sum up of my week, in pictures.

Got these great photos taken of my daughter Sumarrós today for her first bank card.
My daughter Sumarrós is getting her first bank card, so we had her picture taken. I love how these turned out. When and how did she grow up? Incredible how time flies!

Mornin! #reykjavik #iceland #morning #sun #laugavegur
Early morning brightness in autumn is just the best. This is on Laugavegur, the main shopping street in Iceland, outside my office. The light was so pretty that I just had to snap a shot before I walked in the door to start my workday.

#esja sleeping under a #blanket of #clouds #reykjavik #iceland
Mountain Esja covered with clouds.

The #blanket for my daughter is growing #crochet #pink #gray #brown #white
The blanket for Karítas is growing. It measures about 68cm in length now.

#yellow #autumn #tree
More pretty autumn colors. I seem to stop to take pictures of trees a lot.

Redwine time. Happy Friday.
Friday night after baking and eating pizza (a tradition we have here in this house) and with a very busy week behind me, I had a glass of red. Aaaah.

#crochet #jar cover finished
Crochet jar cover finish. This was super fast and easy! Only took about an hour or so and I love how it turned out. I am thinking about making a few for gifts to have on hand. The light and shadows that come from it when you put a candle in it is just so pretty. If you want to do your own, there is a tutorial here.

Earlier today I blogged about Breast Cancer Awareness yarnstorming over at the Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers blog. Check it out!

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Very Pink Kalajoki Socks

I love these socks, even though I made a mistake on the left sock, I still love them. I didn’t notice the stupid mistake until I was almost finished with the sock and there was no way that I was going to frog the whole thing and start over, so I just winged it and finished it. And they are pretty and pink and warm and do their job of warming feet pretty damn well.

They were a gift to my x-MIL and she loves them.

Very Pink Kalajoki

Very Pink Kalajoki
Pattern: Kalajoki by Tiina Seppälä
Needles: US 2½ – 3.0 mm
Yarn: Chinese Wool

My new job is going great. Been there for about 3 weeks now and I love it. I got myself an iPhone as a “omgyayihaveanewjob” gift and I love it. My favorite app is Instagram and Stitch Minder (great for keeping count on your rows!). I have a set on flickr with my instagram photos if you want to check them out here. And here is one of my favorite photos, I took it this Saturday morning of me and the girls. I loooove lazy Saturdays with my girls. Best. Ever.

Nice Saturday morning <3

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2011 – Finishes

Happy New Year! I can’t believe another year is here. 2011 was in many ways a very good year and in other ways a pretty crappy one for me. Probably the biggest roller coaster year ever for me. It ended well though and 2012 started out well too so here is hoping for a good one!

Like always I do a list of finishes so here we go.

Knitting finishes:
1) She’s a Rainbow shawl. Pattern based on Simple Things by Mary-Heather Cogar.
2) Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
3) The Whitney Headband by Jennifer DiMaria
4) Basic Four Needle Mittens – Super Fine by Patons
5) Stockholm Scarf by knittedblissJC
6) Basic Child’s Gradiance Sock in Foot Prints by Laura Lough
7) Pretty basic socks – no real pattern
8) Barnapeysa með hettu by Astrid Ellingsen
9) Still Light by Veera Välimäki
10) Brownstone by Jared Flood
11) Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki
12) Terra by Jared Flood – finished but need to wash and block it and take new pictures.
13) Butternut Scarf by Anne Hanson – finished but need to take better pictures.
14) Tree of Light by Cordula Surmann-Schmitt
15) Akimbo by Stephen West
16) I Heart Lace by Inese Andzane
17) Parisian Twist Headband Ear Warmer by Elisa McLaughlin
18) Bow Headband by Beth Postelwait
19) Honey Hat by Hannah Fettig
20) Classic Mittens by Bernhard Ulmann
21) Socks for Bjarki – my own design short row heel

Stitching finishes:
1) Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush
2) Heart Pinkeep – freebie
3) Strawberry Emery – Blackbird Designs
4) Winter Pinkeep – Just Nan freebie

So happy new year dear friends and readers!

Me and Karítas

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Grandmother Shawl

My grandmother turned 80 years old yesterday. I knitted her this shawl for her birthday and gave it to her. She was happy with it, it is her favorite color and she is always cold so it will keep her shoulders warm.

I Heart Lace

I Heart Lace

I Heart Lace

Pattern: I Heart Lace by Inese Andzane
Yarn: Kambgarn
Needles: 3.5mm

The pattern is free on Ravelry – link here.

I have some other gifts and finished projects but they have not been given away yet so I can’t share just yet.

I also finished one sock on Friday. It has been on my needles for some months and just been a project that I grab every now and then, I am in no rush to finish it really but now that I have one done I am eager to get the other one done also. Hopefully I will not be bitten by the second sock syndrome as I love this pattern and the yarn. The finished sock is so pretty and nice to wear. Yeah, I have been wearing the one sock hahaha!

Rótarsokkar

Rótarsokkar

Rótarsokkar

Pattern: Sprouting by Beata Jezek
Yarn: Hand-dyed sock yarn from Ágústa
Needles: 2.5mm
Ravelry link to the free pattern here.

Also a hat that I knitted for Karítas that turned out to be too small. I am thinking of frogging it (or gifting it) and knitting another one for her that fits better. I still have the same yarn for another bigger hat and she loves this yarn, both the color and the softness.

Honey Hat

Honey Hat

Pattern: Honey Hat by Hannah Fettig
Yarn: Araucania Aysen
Needles: 4mm and 4.5mm
Ravelry link to the free pattern here.

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Stripe Study and Socks

I started this shawl two days ago and am already over the halfway mark. It is going super fast while I watch True Blood. I am almost finished with Season 2 so no spoilers please. I got into it pretty late, but have watched the first two seasons over the past week or so.
I love the simple design of this shawl, and decided to make it with very fine weight yarn as I wanted to be light as air. I like how it is turning out and can’t wait to block it.

Stripe Study

Stripe Study
Pattern: Stripe Study Shawl by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lace
Needles: 3mm

I am also knitting these socks. They are not going as fast, but I do knit a little on them from time to time. Last night I finished the heel and started the gusset. These are my first “complicated” socks and I love how they are turning out. Am absolutely in love with the yarn! My friend Ágústa dyed it for me. I also have a skein in red that is just sitting around patiently to get used on another pretty pair of socks. They sure are addicting to knit!

Rótarsokkar
Pattern: Sprouting by Beata Jezek
Yarn: Hand-dyed sock yarn from Ágústa
Needles: 2.5mm

Oh, I also got a new camera. I am absolutely thrilled with it. I got the Canon G12 and have been playing around with it a bit over the past couple of weeks. I am very happy with my Canon 400D, but this one is so much easier for carrying around as the 400D is so big. I still use it a lot, but this new G12 is my carry around camera these days, along with my new Diana Mini that I absolutely adore as well.

New Canon G12.

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Still Light and a Lopapeysa FINISHED!

Yes, I have two finished projects to show you. First of all, I was asked to knit a little traditional Lopapeysa for a friend who wanted to give it to his little cousin. I have basically stopped knitting for others except every now and then since there are just so many projects I want to do for me and mine. But this particular pattern is exactly something that was on my to-do list anyway. And I am happy with the outcome.

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Barnapeysa með hettu
Pattern: Barnapeysa með hettu by Astrid Ellingsen – found here
Yarn: Léttlopi from Ístex
Needles: 3,5mm & 4,5mm

And then I finished Still Light Tunic by Veera Välimäki. I absolutely love it. I washed and blocked it on Saturday and was wearing it all day yesterday. It is such a great pattern, and I love the color and the yarn and just all things combined. I am already planning another one, even if it is knitted on 3mm needles. Don’t care, I want more of these!

Still Light

Still Light

Still Light

Pattern: Still Light by Veera Välimäki
Yarn: Kambgarn from Ístex in 9640
Needles: 3mm

Right now I am working on Brownstone by Jared Flood for a friend of mine. I am knitting it out of Rowan Felted Tweed in grey and it is turning out wonderful. Already have the first sleeve done and started the second one that I will probably finish tonight. Can’t wait to get to the body, not a fan of knitting sleeves!

We have had a quiet Easter here. Went to my grandfathers summerhouse on Friday for dinner and family hang out and board games. The girls enjoyed playing outside and going to the hot tub. I mostly stayed inside and knitted and chatted with the family. Back to work tomorrow, and I have a busy week ahead. Wooohoo!

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Sock knitting and exchange stitching

I finished my first pair of knitted socks! YAY! I have always been a bit afraid of the idea of knitting a heel so that has been the main reason for not knitting socks. But when I decide it is time to do something I usually do not quit until I am able to do it. So, I managed to do it! And off course it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Socks for Karítas

Socks for Karítas

Socks for Karítas
Socks for Karítas
Pattern: Basic Child’s Gradiance Sock in Foot Prints by Laura Lough (Ravelry Link)
Yarn: Alpaca Select 4 Ply
Needles: 3mm

And some stitching. Yes, I finally finished a stitching project. I signed up for an exchange in my Icelandic stitching group with a pink theme and figured that the needleroll that I started as a SAL in January would be a great exchange piece. So I finished that one up and sent it along. The pictures are not good at all since it was night time when I was shooting them, and absolutely no natural light to be found anywhere.

Pink Exchange

Pink Exchange

Pink Exchange
Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush Kit

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Warm knitting

We finally got some snow! I say finally because we have hardly had any snow this winter. There were like maybe 2 or 3 days before Christmas and then nothing. Nada. Just dark and gray. So it has actually been quite fun getting some of the white stuff. White stuff also means some warm knitting. The girls need new mittens and socks so I have been stocking up on some sock yarn and managed to finish Karítas a set of mittens the other day. Here they are:

Mittens for Karítas
Pattern: Basic Four Needle Mittens – Super Fine by Patons
Needle: 3mm
Yarn: Alpaca Select 4 Ply

I am currently knitting her socks from the same yarn that I got 50% off on a sale last week. And I knew she would love that color combo so I bought two skeins of it. One skein is enough for a mitten pair and one sock! That is something that I like!

I also knitted something for myself. I am a shawl/cowl/wrap/scarf lover. If my neck and shoulders are cold, then the rest of me is cold. So I go a bit crazy with the shawl/cowl/wrap/scarf things and prefer to have about 293803598 of them. Give or take.

Long wrapped circle scarf
Pattern: Stockholm Scarf by knittedblissJC
Needle: 6mm
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK

Love love love it and wear it all the time! The pattern was super easy to memorize so this project was the one that I knitted on the bus every day going back and forth from work.  And did I mention that I love it? Super warm and soft and just oh so stylish.

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